by Jane Sigaloff Sigaloff
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0373895089
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Red Dress, Jan 2005, $12.95, 336 pp.
In London wedding planner Jess James is considered one of the best in pulling off a delightful celebration. However, she has failed at one wedding, her own; Jess jilts her groom Nick leaving him at the altar by himself.
Meanwhile, the media goes berserk when womanizing hunk Jack Carlisle falls for plain Jane, Emma Hunter, whom he met on a café line. The wedding goes off perfectly as Jess does her magic, but everyone expects the happily ever after will end abruptly and soonest.
Jess’s sister Sarah eloped with the man she believes is her life mate. However, when she learns they were not legally married, Sarah has doubts about tying the knot for real.
Others are also faced with marital decisions. Amy questions the need for the institution except as a means of her pal making money while Nick’s sibling Fiona flees from love though she has met the right man.
Though an intriguing slant on marriage and happily ever after, the hitch in this tale is that there are too many players having marital doubts to appreciate any individual although Jess is the prime player. The story line reads more like a series of vignettes that constantly shift focus making it difficult to keep score as to what is happening to whom. Still chick lit readers will appreciate Jane Sigaloff’s satirical look at to be or not to be married.
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